Broadly speaking the market in Wales and the UK masts can be sub divided into the following categorises:
Mobile Telecommunications masts – erected by the mobile phone operators such as Vodafone, Everything Everywhere (the result of the merger of T-Mobile and Orange), Telefonica O2 and H3G to create their mobile phone networks.
Emergency Services masts – erected by Airwave to provide a secure and reliable mobile phone network for the emergency services. This network is replacing the need for these services to have their own masts and radio networks.
Transmission masts – originally erected for use by the IBA and the BBC for the transmission of TV and radio signals many of these sites since the early 1990’s have taken advantage of their location and size to offer site sharing facilities to the mobile phone operators. This development has created a valuable income generating asset for Arqiva who in recent years have owned and or occupied these sites.
Other Radio Communications masts – erected by a range of companies and other bodies (including BT, Cable & Wireless, AA, Police, MOD, CAA and various utility companies) requiring radio communications networks for their own purposes. Many of these sites also offer site sharing facilities to the telecommunications operators.